An Oregon man stashed hidden cameras in his bathroom to record footage of young women undressing for his shower and sauna, which he encouraged them to use while he vacationed, authorities have alleged.In the first days of housesitting at Kurt Higgins’ Happy Valley home last July, Courtney Crain, a friend of the 52-year-old’s daughter, discovered one of the alleged cameras between a stack of towels. "I just had this weird feeling someone was watching me," Crain told KATU-TV.The teen and her parents have spoken publicly in favor of legislation that would reclassify invasion of personal privacy as a felony sex crime with a five-year maximum prison sentence and require the perpetrator to register as a sex offender.That penalty would take affect if the person recorded is under 18 or if the defendant has prior convictions for invasion of personal privacy or other sex-related crimes such as rape and sodomy."We were in denial because why would a dear friend do this to us? Mc Collum apologized in court and said he took full responsibility for his actions.He has worked every day since his arrest to understand and address his behavior, he said.In August 2013, Katie Reed caught a man peering through her daughter's bedroom window, but didn't get a good look at him.She noticed that he appeared to be dressed similarly to Mc Collum, who had just dropped off Madison, but she said she ignored her gut and didn't mention her suspicion when she reported the incident to police.
He said Mc Collum groomed Reed and his wife as well as their now-18-year-old daughter, Madison.
His attorney, Andrew Kohlmetz, asked that Mc Collum be sentenced to probation and mentioned that two psychologists found him at "extremely low risk to reoffend." "This man can be treated," Kohlmetz said.
"He can be fixed, and those opportunities exist here in this community." Judge D.
The cameras could be accesed by Higgins on a laptop or his phone.
He allegedly confessed to investigators with Happy Valley Police Department and said he “made a stupid decision” to stage the cameras “in order to film Courtney,” according to documents obtained by the Oregonian.